Gladiator News

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School Newsletter

April 24-28, 2017

Greetings Gladiator Community,

We received our first round of 8th-grade STAAR scores this week: 87% math and 93% reading. Score reports were sent home with each 8th grade student on Friday. Our students did an outstanding job; thanks to the support of our parents and the great job our teachers do every day in the classroom.

Thank you for sending your child to school this past Monday! We had an exceptional attendance rate: 96%! The day after Easter traditionally tends to be a high absentee day, so thank you! I think the students enjoyed the day of shorts as a reward!

This past week close to 300 GT students showcased their yearlong research project with the community. The 6th-grade expo was a museum style where you were able to stop and listen to their explanation. I was thoroughly impressed with the topics and amount of time they spent researching. Our 7th and 8th grade were able to practice their communication skills by presenting them in a classroom to an audience. Our students continue to amaze me with their creative and innovative ideas. Many thanks to our GT teachers: Caron Corum, Katherine Rodriguez, Malena Weil, Andrea Richardson, and Chris Lambert for leading and guiding these kids all year on their projects!

Another impressive display of our students' talents were the NJHS service projects! Over 150 individual service projects were completed that benefited our community in some fashion. Some of the projects benefited: the Fire Department, Haven for Hope, local animal shelters, Children's Hospitals, fellow middle school students, special needs programs, Habitat for Humanity, and even our own custodial staff! Thanks to our NJHS sponsors: Chelsea Quidachay and Tanya Cornejo-Deluna for their leadership in this impactful program on campus.

Congratulations to our parent volunteer of the year: Diana Biasello! We are so thankful for the countless hours Mrs. Biasello dedicates to our teachers and school! We appreciate all you do for us on a daily basis!

8th grade panoramic will be Wednesday, April 26 at 8:30 am.

Reminder: Friday, April 28th is a holiday.

Here is a link to our upcoming campus events:

It's a GREAT day to be a Gladiator!

Tracy Wernli


Please attend our parent event on Monday, April 24!

FBI agents will share tips and strategies to protect children from internet predators. Our PTA will serve light refreshments. If your child has access to the internet, then this presentation is for you!
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Partner of the Year!

Our amazing parent volunteer, Diana Biasello, with Vice Principal, Mrs. Mireles, at the Partner of the Year Ceremony.
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A Pawsitively Purrfect Trip

The HGMS Kindness Club took a wonderful field trip to Animal Care Services on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Animal Care Services educated the students about the importance of pet care, animal safety, adoptions, volunteer opportunities, and the many amenities Animal Care Services offers.

The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services is the largest, open admission, municipal shelter in South Texas. Serving San Antonio residents, ACS resides on a 14-acre campus boasting a variety of programs and services aimed at encouraging responsible pet ownership and compliance in our community. Animal Care Services’ mission is to encourage responsible pet ownership by promoting and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the residents and pets of San Antonio through education, enforcement, and community partnership.

Prior to the trip, the Kindness Club hosted the campus-wide “Love is a 4-Legged Word” Pet Supply Drive, collecting almost 1,000 items including dog and cat food, pet toys, collars, leashes, bedding, clothing, towels, and more. The club was able to donate all of the items collected to the animals at Animal Care Services.

It was a heartwarming trip to remember that taught our students many valuable lessons. There are many adoptions, foster, volunteer, and donation opportunities to help the pets in our community. For more information on how you can get involved with Animal Care Services, please visit the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services website at

Julie Minnis

Kindness Club Sponsor

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